Prep wrestling: LA can't get past semis, finishes 14th in state

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos wrestling team got three wrestlers into Saturday's semifinal rounds at the Class 5A state championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.


However, all three fell in their semifinal bouts.

District 2-5A had three representatives in the 106-pound semifinals. In the first match, Los Alamos eighth-grader Devin Atencio met up with district champion Frankie Baca of Del Norte. Baca pinned Atencio to earn a championship bout against Capital's Jonathan Romero. Baca won the state title after downing Romero in a 6-5 decision.

At 113, Donovan Atencio fell to eventual state champion Ryan Romero of Capital.

Los Alamos sophomore Sam Harvey couldn't derail the expected all-Roswell final in the 195-pound weight class. Harvey was pinned by Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez, who earned a final matchup against Goddard's Andres Villa. In the final, Villa claimed an 8-2 decision to complete his undefeated season.

Harvey went on to win in the consolation bracket but eventually fell in the third place bout.

Devin Atencio placed fourth, while Donovan Atencio lost his two consolation bouts to finish in sixth.

The three placers helped Los Alamos finished 14th in the team standings.

Belen eased its way to the Class 5A state title, while Capital completed its stellar season by finishing second.